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Court Rules Pro-Life Views Are “Patently Offensive,” Bans Choose Life License Plates in New York

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Life News: A federal appeals court has issued a ruling banning Choose Life license plates in New York state and claimed in its decision that pro-life views are “patently offensive.” The court issued ruling in The Children First Foundation v. Fiala,  which rejects a pro-adoption group’s application to sponsor a “Choose Life” specialty plate with the New York Department of Motor Vehicles.

The appeals court ruling overturned a lower court decision upholding the right of drivers in New York to purchase the pro-life plates.

As the Daily Caller reports:

A new decision by the Second Circuit Court of Appeals holds that New York’s state government has the right to ban “Choose Life” license plates on the grounds that such a statement is “patently offensive.”

The dispute stems from a now-suspended program offered by New York’s Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) which allowed private organizations to create custom license plates. If drivers purchased the plates, the purchasing price was split between the DMV and the non-profit.

The Children First Foundation (CFF), an organization promoting adoption as an alternative to abortion, submitted a design for a “Choose Life” license plate, which featured a drawing of two children’s faces in front of a yellow sun.

The proposed plate was rejected, with the DMV citing a policy that allows it to ban “patently offensive” plates in order to prevent incidents of road rageThe “patently offensive” category in U.S. speech is typically related to public obscenity laws, and allows for limitations on things like the public display of pornography or other materials that blatantly violate community standards.

Judge Rosemary Pooler, a Clinton appointee, agreed with New York’s position in her majority opinion. She took this view even though she also ruled that license plates are private speech subject to First Amendment protections. Despite these protections, however, she said that so many New Yorkers could find a plate advocating an anti-abortion position “patently offensive” that the DMV was justified in suppressing the speech.

In a strong dissent, Judge Debra Ann Livingston said the court was essentially granting the New York DMV the right to suppress any viewpoints it did not like.

Alliance Defending Freedom Senior Legal Counsel Jeremy Tedesco decried the decision.

“Pro-adoption organizations should have the same speech rights as any other organization. While the district court affirmed this basic freedom, the circuit court denied free speech in favor of government censorship. The state doesn’t have the authority to target The Children First Foundation specialty plates for censorship based on its life-affirming viewpoint. The state has wrongly gotten away with speech discrimination against our client for more than 10 years. We will review our legal options.

The battle to allow motorists to purchase Choose Life license plates has been going on in the Empire State for years.

Alliance Defense Fund attorneys filed the lawsuit on behalf of The Children First Foundation in 2004 against state officials who denied its attempt to allow motorists to purchase Choose Life license plates. The New York Department of Motor Vehicles rejected CFF’s design in August 2002 — considering it “too political and controversial” to approve. The organization redesigned the plate, adding the group’s web site to it to better explain its purpose, and the DMV rejected it again.

The state dismissed the attempt to create the plate and said it was rejected in order “to avoid any appearance of governmental support for either side in the divisive national abortion debate.”

Saying its free speech rights were denied, Children First filed suit with assistance from Alliance Defense Fund attorneys and, in January 2005, a federal judge ruled it had sufficiently argued its First Amendment rights would be violated.

The Second Circuit Court of Appeals dismissed then-Attorney General Eliot Spitzer’s second attempt to ban the plates and allowed the lawsuit to move forward. The DMV eventually suspended review of specialty plates — a move that Elizabeth Rex, president of the Children First Foundation, says was done specifically to block the Choose Life plate.

Guess which license plates the New York DMV does sell that could be labeled “patently offensive”?

National Police Defense Foundation

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Copshot

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War on Terror Veteran

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Guess the state is ok with the appearance of governmental support for these divisive national debates.

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Senior aide to the wife of Bill de Blasio dating a convicted killer and drug trafficker

Noerdlinger and McFarlan

Noerdlinger and McFarlan

DailyMail: Chief of staff to New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio’s wife has been dating a convicted killer who has publicly denounced police officers as “pigs” it was revealed Thursday. Rachel Noerdlinger has been in a serious romantic relationship with ex-convict Hassaun McFarlan, 36, since 2010.

This past January, she joined Mayor de Blasio’s team, and in her capacity as aide to First Lady Chirlane McCray she has been allowed to attend high-level NYPD meetings.

Hassaun McFarlan’s criminal record, first brought to light by DNAInfo, goes back to his first arrest at age 15 for shooting to death an older boy in a dispute over a goose-down jacket in Harlem.

Most recently, he got in trouble with the law last year when he nearly ran over a New Jersey state police officer while driving his girlfriend’s Mercedes-Benz, according to court records obtained by the news site. Two of McFarlan’s five arrests on charges ranging from driving on a suspended license to drug trafficking took place while he was dating Noerdlinger.

de Blasio, Noerdlinger, and Sharpton

de Blasio, Noerdlinger, and Sharpton

The 43-year-old chief of staff got her start as a publicist representing attorney Johnnie Cochran and prominent civil rights leader race baiter Rev Al Sharpton, who later hired her as a public relations adviser for his organization the National Action Network.

All the while, Noerdlinger’s live-in boyfriend has been raving against police officers on social media. In one post, which has since been removed along with McFarlan’s Facebook account, he reportedly wrote, “I can’t come outside without the pigs f***ing with me in the hood.”

When asked whether the bombshell revelations concerning Noerdlinger’s personal life might result in her dismissal, de Blasio’s spokeswoman Rebecca Katz stated to the New York Post: “Rachel’s mot going anywhere.” Katz however, pointed out that “no one at the city hall condones criminal behavior or disparagement of the NYPD, including Rachel.”

The spokeswoman went on to say that Ms. Noerdlinger, a single mother of one, was “a strong and independent woman” whose core values and beliefs are in line with the de Blasio administration.

Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association President Pat Lynch, however, expressed concern regarding Noerdlinger’s access to sensitive police information and called into question the aide’s judgment. “It raises serious questions about her judgment and character and the quality of the counsel she provides to City Hall” he told the Post. “She should not be in that position.”

Attorney Jeffrey Lichtman, who represents Hassaun McFarlan and Rachel Noerdlinger, hit out at her critics saying that she performs her duties as chief of staff without any input from her boyfriend. “To her credit, she’s a loyal woman and a strong woman and she would not put her career ahead of people she cares about,” said Lichtman.

McFarlan, the song of a drug dealer from Harlem, has been arrested at least five times since 1993, when he shot dead Kenneth Carter, 18, over a jacket at a housing project. He pleased guilty to a manslaughter charge and spent the next seven years in prison.

In 2003, McFarlan ran afoul of the law a second time after he was busted as part of an interstate crack trafficking ring. McFarlan ended up behind bars yet again, this time in Massachusetts, after pleading guilty to a slew of drug charges. He was released in 2007.

Since then, McFarlan has been arrested at least three times for vehicular violations and marijuana possession; last November, he came close to mowing down a police officer responding to an accident. Through it all, McFarlan has been a vehement critic of law enforcement, referring to officers as “pigs” and criticizing the controversial stop-and-frisk policy.

In January 2012, McFarlan was apparently furious after reading a story about a police officer in Staten island who pleaded guilty to arresting an innocent black man on trumped up charges. “The system sucks this pig should be charged with a civil rights violation,” he wrote at the time in a post, which has since been deleted.

Noerdlinger, Sharpton, McCray, and de Blasio

Noerdlinger, Sharpton, McCray, and de Blasio

Al Sharpton cautiously has come to Rachel Noerdlinger’s defense, telling the New York Daily News that she should not have to answer for her boyfriend’s past actions.

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New York rich face tax surprise when they die

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CNBC: If you’re a New York multimillionaire, you now have another incentive to stay alive.

A change this month in New York’s estate tax, which was billed as tax relief for the wealthy, contains a hidden wrinkle that could leave some multimillionaires with a much bigger surprise tax upon their death. Certain estates could even wind up with a tax rate of 164 percent on portions of their estates, according to one tax expert.

The changes were intended to ease the tax bill for wealthy New Yorkers and prevent them from fleeing to lower-tax states. A report from the Tax Foundation found that New York had the highest tax burden in the country as a percentage of state income. It found that New Yorkers spent 12.6 percent of their per capita income in 2011 on state and local taxes.

Instead of lowering the tax bill, the tax changes could hit some estates with much higher-than-expected rates.

“It’s nonsensical,” said Kevin Matz, an accountant and attorney in White Plains, N.Y. “The governor said this is about making New York a better climate for the wealthy. It’s had the opposite effect.”

On its face, the new law seems like tax relief. Under the previous law, New Yorkers paid estate taxes of 3.06 percent to 16 percent on the value of estates over $1 million. The new law raises that exclusion to $2.062 million this year and gradually increases it to more than $5 million by 2017.

But because the law also phases out certain credits related to federal taxes, people who have estates valued just above the $2 million threshold could get massive estate tax bills. An analysis by U.S. Trust found that a New York resident who dies today with a taxable estate of $2,165,625 could have to pay an estate tax of over $112,050. That represents a tax of over 100 percent on the value of the estate over $2,062,000.

It gets worse in a few years. Matz said that assuming that the exclusion rises to $5,250,000, a New Yorker with a taxable estate of $5,512,500 would have to pay an estate tax of $430,050. That’s a marginal tax rate of 164 percent on the value of the estate above the exclusion.

It’s a bait and switch,” Matz said. The solution, he said, is to not phase out the tax credits. Or, the state could also allow them to phase out over a much longer period of time.

The New York State Society of CPAs and other groups have sent letters to New York lawmakers in hopes of getting a quick fix. So far, there has been little response.

A spokesman for the New York State Division of the Budget said that while the marginal rates may have changed, “No one’s taxes have gone up. The dollar amount they pay does not increase.”

He added that the tax change has insured that by the time it’s fully implemented in 2017, 90 percent of New York’s estates will no longer be taxed.

Matz, however, said the issue is not just a problem for the so-called rich. When you add up the value of property, pension plans, 401(k) plans and other assets, a New Yorker with just over $2 million in New York “is not exactly super rich. In a state with a high cost of living, that’s not that unusual.”

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It took 12 years, Workers finally completed spire on One World Trade Center

It is inspiring, and may I just add those Ironworkers are completely   stark raving MAD!

~ Steve~                              H/T      The I_Man

PS. Click pics to enlarge.

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These amazing photos of the 1776 foot tall new trade center have now been published, and boy are they exciting! This new tower is certainly beautiful, and will be a source of pride no doubt to people of New York City, who have lost so much 12 years ago.  See the stunning views and the enormous amount of construction this project entails!

Working above 1,700 feet in the air! Ironworkers install final sections on top of One WTC, May 2013

Working above 1,700 feet in the air! Ironworkers install final sections on top of One WTC, May 2013

“Iron workers and engineers prepare the beacon that will sit on top of One WTC’s spire.”

“Iron workers and engineers prepare the beacon that will sit on top of One WTC’s spire.”

Incredible view of the city and its new tower

Incredible view of the city and its new tower

“From on top of One WTC, you can see the East River Bridges, Brooklyn and Queens.”

“From on top of One WTC, you can see the East River Bridges, Brooklyn and Queens.”

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“Window installers walk along beams at dizzying heights from the 102nd Floor of One WTC to install curtain wall panels.”

“Window installers walk along beams at dizzying heights from the 102nd Floor of One WTC to install curtain wall panels.”

Final 2 pieces of #One WTC spire sit next to previously installed sections. When connected, One WTC will stand 1776 ft.

Final 2 pieces of #One WTC spire sit next to previously installed sections. When connected, One WTC will stand 1776 ft.

“Ironworkers courageously guide spire sections 17 and 18 into place.”

“Ironworkers courageously guide spire sections 17 and 18 into place.”

“Spire Gang From left to right: Kevin Boyle, Richie Christy, Brett Davis, Kevin Sabbagh, Mark Donnelly, Arthur Peart”

“Spire Gang From left to right: Kevin Boyle, Richie Christy, Brett Davis, Kevin Sabbagh, Mark Donnelly, Arthur Peart”

Looking way, way down. The Original footprints.

Looking way, way down.
The Original footprints.

The WTC site

The WTC site

Ironworkers at #One WTC look on as the final flag-draped section of spire is hoisted to the top of the building.

Ironworkers at #One WTC look on as the final flag-draped section of spire is hoisted to the top of the building.

And That I call Amazing!

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Cinco de Mayo. And Now The Rest Of The Story.

Most people don’t know that back in 1912, Hellmann’s mayonnaise was manufactured in England. In fact, the Titanic was carrying 12,000 jars of the condiment scheduled for delivery in Vera Cruz, Mexico, which was 
to be the next port of call for the great ship after its stop in New York.      

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This would have been the largest single shipment of mayonnaise ever delivered to Mexico. But as we know, the great ship did not make it to New York. The ship hit an iceberg and sank. The people of Mexico, who were crazy about mayonnaise, and were eagerly awaiting its delivery, were disconsolate at the loss. Their anguish was so great, that they declared a National Day of Mourning.

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The National Day of Mourning occurs each year on May 5th and is known, of course, as – Sinko De Mayo.

~Steve~                                               H/T   Mark McGrew

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Yankees, other MLB teams play ‘Sweet Caroline’ in Boston tribute

trust me the yanks and boston hate each other. It says a lot about us as a nation whenever tragedy strikes, we pull together. this is just one more example.   

Associated Press

NEW YORK — A stadium full of Yankees fans stood arm in arm at the bottom of the third inning in the Bronx, singing along to “Sweet Caroline,” the Boston Red Sox anthem. Irony and sarcasm were absent. Sincerity was the mood of the night.

The rival teams have buried the hatchet — at least for now. Yankee fans belted out the Neil Diamond hit during a game Tuesday against the Arizona Diamondbacks, showing solidarity with their neighbor to the north a day after explosions at the Boston Marathon killed three people and injured more than 170.

The Yankees’ gesture Tuesday resonated with Diamond, who tweeted his appreciation.

Neil Diamond ✔ @NeilDiamond

Thank you NY Yankees for playing ‘Sweet Caroline’ for the people of Boston. You scored a home run in my heart. With respect, Neil #OneBoston
8:30 PM – 16 Apr 2013

“Sweet Caroline” also was played at Wrigley Field, Dodger Stadium, Marlins Park, Safeco Field, O.co Coliseum, Great American Ball Park, and at Cleveland’s Progressive Field, where the Red Sox beat the Indians 7-2.

“That was a very classy touch,” said Indians skipper Terry Francona, who managed the Red Sox for eight years.

The Milwaukee Brewers put a different spin on their tribute; they played the theme to the NBC television sitcom “Cheers,” which was set in Boston.

The Red Sox-Yankees rivalry — which has reared its ugly head in bench-clearing brawls and fan assaults over the years — is just one difference between the cities, both among the oldest in the country and each with a rich history.

But look around New York this week, and you’ll see nothing but love for Boston.

In what city officials said was a first, the bright-blue Boston city flag flew at half-staff at New York City Hall, on the orders of Mayor Michael Bloomberg, who grew up in the Boston suburb of Medford.

“We stand shoulder to shoulder with our friends in Boston, as all Americans do,” said Bloomberg, who in 2006 founded the group Mayors Against Illegal Guns with Boston Mayor Thomas Menino. Bloomberg said he phoned his counterpart Monday to offer him any help New York could provide.

In Brooklyn on Monday night, an Occupy Wall Street group, the Illuminator, projected in large neon lights on the walls of the Brooklyn Academy of Music the two teams’ logos, a heart inserted in between them, to read “NY(heart)B.” The image has gone viral.

New York Roman Catholic Cardinal Timothy Dolan, celebrating Mass at St. Patrick’s Cathedral in New York on Tuesday, said a special prayer for Boston.

“You’ve got our love, you’ve got our hope and you’ve got our solidarity,” he said. “You’re going to get through it.”

Joe Daniels, president and CEO of the National September 11 Memorial and Museum, sent out an email offering comfort to Bostonians.

“The 9/11 Memorial is a constant reminder not only of what we have endured as a result of terrorism, but also of our ability to come together with limitless compassion,” he wrote. “In the wake of the Boston attacks, this spirit of unity is more important than ever.”

Tension has bubbled between Boston and New York since the 17th century, when the Puritans, who founded Boston, and the Dutch, who founded New York, squabbled over Long Island, said Professor Bill Fowler, a Northeastern University historian and former director of the Massachusetts Historical Society.

“We’re so small compared to New York, but we’re so powerful,” said Fowler, acknowledging that Boston, with just over 600,000 residents, is smaller than the borough of Brooklyn. “On per capita basis, we’ve got you beat, it’s just that you’re bigger.”

For Yankees fan Steve Sanzillo, who is still going back and forth with his wife, a Sox fan, over which baseball team their 19-month-old son Jackson will root for, Monday’s attack did more to unify the cities than any rivalry could divide.

“It just brings back all the memories of 2001,” he said. “I think I speak for all New Yorkers by saying our hearts are with Boston.”

At Yankee Stadium, where police helicopters buzzed overhead and counterterrorism officers patrolled the outside, there was a sense of empathy among the fans, residents of a city no stranger to terrorism giving a knowing nod to their usually despised counterparts from Boston.

“I’ve been getting a lot of looks, kind nods,” said Boston native Christine Sanzillo, 34, wearing in a Red Sox hat alongside her husband, a New York native. “It’s a positive energy here today. Once my mother had a beer poured on her head.”

During a moment of silence at the start of the game, a large commemorative ribbon with logos from the two teams was shown on the electronic board atop the ballpark.

“But what’s going to happen when the Knicks and Celtics square off?” Petti — “Yankee Mike” — said, referring to the upcoming playoff game between the two cities’ basketball teams.

“They’ll show some respect,” he said, “then they’re going to want to beat each other.”

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~Steve~

 

New York Police Confiscating Firearms from People Taking Anti-anxiety Medication

Yep folks inch by inch they are coming. Is anyone else besides me tired of playing by the rules? You know we’re the good guys and we don’t cheat.

Frankly I am so sick and friggen tired of it. They just trample EVERYTHING that is decent and right that is in this world. They lie, cheat , beat , and yes even kill for their agenda. How bout we start drawing a line in the sand and say you better not cross this or I’m gonna bop you UPSIDE the head. I’m sorry but

the marquis de queensbury rules simply don’t apply anymore.

I forget who said it But it went something like this.

“All that is necessary for evil to triumph is for good men to do nothing”  

This story grabs me by my gut and makes me want to hurl. HIPPA, Dr. Patient ——privacy, civil rights. Where is the outrage.?—————–

Government increases “onerous activity” to confiscate legal firearms.

Infowars.com
April 9, 2013

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The New York State Police are suspending the handgun permits of people in the state who are prescribed anti-anxiety medication, according to Jim Tresmond of the Tresmond Law Firm in Hamburg, New York. Tresmond Law specializes in firearm litigation.

“We are representing a client right now who is impacted by this onerous activity of the government,” Tresmond told WBEN, a news talk radio station in Buffalo, New York.

“We were flummoxed by this whole matter,” the attorney said. “The HIPPA act is supposed to prevent this kind of thing from happening. It’s a gross invasion of our privacy rights.”

The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act Privacy Rule establishes national standards to protect individuals’ medical records and other personal health information, according to the Department of Health and Human Services.

Tresmond said the New York State Police are responsible for taking action against legal firearms owners. “Based on information the county received from the New York State Police, they’ve suspended the permits. The State Police instigates the proceedings.”

Section 9.46 of the NY SAFE Act of 2013 authorizes therapists, doctors, nurses and social workers to report patients they determine may engage in conduct that may result in harm to self or others. If a determination is made that the person in question poses a threat, the provision permits the government to confiscate firearms. The provision is a direct violation of the Fourth Amendment and the legal standard of probable cause.

Experts said many mental health providers will likely ignore the provision.

NY SAFE was passed by the New York State Legislature on January 15, 2013, and was signed into law by Governor Andrew Cuomo the same day.

This article was posted: Tuesday, April 9, 2013 at 4:52 pm

~Steve~                   H/T  INFOWARS